Office Space

  • Directors: Mike Judge
  • Producers: Daniel Rappaport, Michael Rotenberg
  • Writers: Mike Judge
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Romance
  • Actors: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Gary Cole, Stephen Root, John C McGinley

The film is centered on a group of software engineers working at Initech, a company plagued by excessive management. Much of the film’s plot involves everyday annoyances of office work in a cube farm setting evocative of the Dilbert comic strip.

Peter Gibbons is a disgruntled programmer at Initech. Peter spends his days “staring at his desk” instead of reprogramming bank software for the then-expected Y2K disaster. His co-workers include Samir Nagheenanajar, who is annoyed by the fact that nobody can pronounce his last name correctly; Michael Bolton, who loathes having the same name as the famous singer, whom he hates; and Milton Waddams, a meek, fixated collator who constantly mumbles to himself (most notably about his workmates borrowing his favorite red Swingline stapler). All four are repeatedly bullied and harassed by management, especially Initech’s callous vice president, Bill Lumbergh. The staff are further agitated by the arrival of two consultants, informally known as “The Bobs” since they share the same first name, who are brought in to help with cutting expenses, mainly through downsizing.

Peter is depressed, bored, and pushed around at work. He attends an occupational hypnotherapy session urged upon him by his girlfriend, Anne. The obese hypnotherapist, Dr. Swanson, suddenly dies of a heart attack before he can snap Peter out of a state of complete relaxation. The newly relaxed and still half-hypnotized Peter wakes up the next morning and ignores continued calls from Anne (who confesses to cheating and leaves him) and Lumbergh (who was expecting Peter to work over the weekend). Peter announces that he will simply not go to work anymore, instead pursuing his lifelong dream of “doing nothing,” and asks out Joanna, a waitress who shares Peter’s loathing of idiotic management and love of the television program Kung Fu. Joanna works at Chotchkie’s, a restaurant that plays on TGI Friday’s interior decoration and uniform standards (Joanna’s hatred for her occupation eventually culminates in an argument with her boss and her being fired after she gives him the finger).

The last scene of the movie shows that Milton has made his way to a resort in Mexico with the money Peter left in Lumbergh’s office.

Santa Buddies

  • Directors: Steve Rombough, Anna McRoberts
  • Producers: Robert Vince, Anna McRoberts
  • Writers: Robert Vince, Anna McRoberts
  • Genres: Adventure, Family
  • Actors: Jason Earles, Diedrich Bader, Lochlyn Munro, Bill Fagerbakke, Kevin Weisman, Ali Hillis, C Ernst Harth, Chris Gauthier, Quinn Lord

The Buddies (Field Cate, Liliana Mumy, Josh Flitter, Skyler Gisondo, Henry Hodges) sneak aboard the experimental space shuttle Vision 1. The Buddies take a close look around until they are sealed into the shuttle, which is controlled remotely by Astro at mission control for its first flight.

While on the Vision 1, the third tank of gas was never filled. In an effort to refuel, they come across the old R.R.S.S. (Russian Research Space Station), finding a cosmonaut, named Yuri (Diedrich Bader), and his dog Spudnick (Jason Earles) that are stationed there. The cosmonaut is quite content to stay in space, yet the dog wishes to go home. The buddies aboard the R.R.S.S. and the mission control center thought Yuri was crazy (For saying “Puppy Puppies”). As the gas pipe was leaking, Spudnick and The Buddies escape from the R.R.S.S. while Yuri used the Cosmo-pod.

The Vision 1 shows the coordinates of going to the moon. Soon after, the Vision 1 approaches and lands on the moon. They soon begin to walk around. The kids that take care of the buddies find out after a night-time search. They meet a ferret named Gravity (Amy Sedaris), who is the Buddies’ mission control. Gravity orders The Buddies to get back on the Spaceship, in order to circle the back-side of the moon.

Pi awards The Buddies wings of true heroism, then calls them “Space Buddies.” The Buddies then talk about what they remember (for example Budderball was taught how to eat his vegetables). The film ends with Spudnick saying, “It is the journey and friendship that matters the most.” After, the moon is zoomed in with text saying “THE END”

Meet the Spartans

  • Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
  • Producers: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, Peter Safran
  • Writers: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
  • Genres: Comedy, War
  • Actors: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Diedrich Bader, Ken Davitian, Method Man, Nicole Parker

The film opens with a Spartan elder inspecting a talking baby ogre. The baby vomits on the inspector and is then discarded with a punt off the hill. Next, he inspects a Vietnamese baby, and Brangelina instantly adopts it. Baby Leonidas is then inspected, having a six-pack, biceps, and beard from birth. He is accepted as a Spartan and prepared for kinghood through his childhood training, from fighting his grandmother to enduring torture. Leonidas (Sean Maguire) is then cast out into the wild, and survives the harsh winter while killing a giant dancing penguin, who defecates on his face. Returning a king for his inauguration ceremony, Leonidas sees Margo (Carmen Electra) dancing and asks her to marry him, to which she responds by giving him the combination to her chastity belt.

Years later, Leonidas is training when Captain (Kevin Sorbo) informs him that a Persian messenger has arrived. The messenger has come to present Xerxes’ demands for Sparta’s submission. Leonidas arrives to greet the messenger in the Spartan way (high-fives for the women and open mouth tongue kisses for the men). After growing angry with both the messenger’s disrespect and making out with his wife, Leonidas kicks him, the messenger’s bodyguards, and then several other people he simply disliked, ranging from Britney Spears (Nicole Parker), Ryan Seacrest, and Kevin Federline (Nick Steele) to Sanjaya Malakar (Tony Yalda) and the American Idol judges into “the pit of death”. As Leonidas walks off he turns to a column that has a switch that reads “Garbage Disposal”, and flips the switch causing the celebrities to spiral to their “death”.

The film ends with a musical number set to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” performed on American Idol by all of the characters in the film. It also spoofs Britney Spears’ VMA comeback performance.